Monday, 8 October 2018

Alisson, Firmino, Mane and Salah nominated for 2018 Ballon d'Or

Liverpool's Alisson Becker, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah have been shortlisted for the 2018 Ballon d'Or.

The 30 candidates for the annual prize, presented by France Footballmagazine, were revealed on Monday – with the Reds quartet confirmed among the nominees.

Alisson joined the club from AS Roma during the summer after helping the Serie A side reach the Champions League semi-finals last season and having represented Brazil at the World Cup.

The No.13 has made an impressive start to life at Anfield, recording five clean sheets in 10 appearances so far.

Firmino scored 27 goals in all competitions in 2017-18 - including 10 in the Champions League proper - and has found the net three times to date this term.
Mohamed Salah
Mane, meanwhile, was another key performer for Liverpool last season, netting 20 times in total and in every knockout round of the European Cup campaign.

Salah enjoyed one of the finest debut campaigns in Reds history with 44 goals after signing from Roma in 2017, including a record tally of 32 in a 38-game Premier League season.

2018 Ballon d’Or nominees

Sergio Aguero (Argentina/Manchester City), Alisson Becker (Brazil/Liverpool), Gareth Bale (Wales/Real Madrid), Karim Benzema (France/Real Madrid), Edinson Cavani (Uruguay/Paris Saint-Germain).

Thibaut Courtois (Belgium/Real Madrid), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal/Juventus), Kevin de Bruyne (Belgium/Manchester City), Roberto Firmino (Brazil/Liverpool), Diego Godin (Uruguay/Atletico Madrid)

Antoine Griezmann (France/Atletico Madrid), Eden Hazard (Belgium/Chelsea), Isco (Spain/Real Madrid), Harry Kane (England/Tottenham Hotspur), N'Golo Kante (France/Chelsea)

Hugo Lloris (France/Tottenham Hotspur), Mario Mandzukic (Croatia/Juventus), Sadio Mane (Senegal/Liverpool), Marcelo (Brazil/Real Madrid), Kylian Mbappe (France/Paris Saint-Germain)
Lionel Messi (Argentina/Barcelona), Luka Modric (Croatia/Real Madrid), Neymar (Brazil/Paris Saint-Germain), Jan Oblak (Slovenia/Atletico Madrid), Paul Pogba (France/Manchester United)

Ivan Rakitic (Croatia/Barcelona), Sergio Ramos (Spain/Real Madrid), Mohamed Salah (Egypt/Liverpool), Luis Suarez (Uruguay/Barcelona), Raphael Varane (France/Real Madrid)
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